Spot the well known saying, and other stuff.....
As a result of leaving my bedrom window open and having my arm out of the covers and up and over Mr Silageman in a loving repose, my shoulder is giving me gip again!!!
It woke me up about half an hour ago and in the words of Mr Taggart "It's Murder" (don't forget to roll the tongue)
I was a bit late going to bed - no actually I was in bed when the phone rang last night around 9 a.m. I had to sort something out on a problem we are having involving a High Court action, and it was almost 10.45 before I got back into bed. Cor what a time to start having to think about things... any road up, upshot is I am "tired as", with painful shoulder joint . I am still waiting to get my wrist injected to relieve the pain and burning in that. It only hurts when I use it. Err that's like all the time!
So here I am blogging to keep my mind off it all. It's just another day.....
I have finished the RA Ed sessions which were really really helpful. We ended up on Wednesday with a whole host of "gadgets" you can get to help you protect your joints when "doing stuff". I did notice most of it was kitchen utensils to help keep us chained to the kitchen sink!!
It was really useful for the OT team to go over the importance of looking after the joints.
Might be stating the blooping obvious here but even when you think everything has calmed down and the inflammation is under control, the RA is lurking in the undergrowth and it's best to avoid anything that might just wake it up!!
For example the hands -
I always used to believe that if I could do something then I should just do it, pain and all. But something like undoing jar tops and bottle tops and using can openers can aggravate even seemingly unaffected joints. or joints that only hurt a little bit when you use them! Because the action on the joints by the wacky immune system, via the synovial fluid, causes the tendons, ligaments and other tissue in and around the joints to stretch from the swelling. This "overtime" makes them "floppy" and can make the joint unstable. So overuse of the joints can cause a "drift" of the fingers. This is where they start going off to one side. So it is important not to struggle on, even when you are not having a flare, but be kind to yourself, and your digits and don't overuse them. If there is a gadget which makes something easier to do, use it. I should point out, unfortunately, that the older you are, the more likely this is to happen. All the young pups out there are not as prone to stretchy bits (unless of course you have very aggressive RA and there is a lot of inflammation all the time). Old age does not come alone!
There endeth the final lesson. Well it's all news to me any way.
Well that's taken my mind off me blooming shoulder, thank you for listening peeps, I am off for a cuppa now. Tara a bit